The Great Escape

Grounded in a near-century-old legacy, this is a whole new escape from the commonplace. (Re)built by the Idaho Aviation Foundation to be a beautiful, nonprofit public resource in the great outdoors, Big Creek Lodge opens up an off-the-grid backcountry experience unlike anything else out there. Make your getaway.

Thanks to our wonderful guests for a fantastic 2023 season!

2024 Season



Wildest dreams.

An ideal wilderness hideaway—beautifully constructed with wood floors, large wrap-around windows, and eight bunk beds—the Kif Brown Yurt at Big Creek opens up a more independent approach to outdoor adventures here.

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Paradise, found.

Big Creek Lodge recently rose again in the breathtaking backcountry of Idaho after a devastating fire. Both old school and all new, it combines the charm of a classic mountain retreat with the appeal of modern amenities.

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Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.

– Edward Abbey
fishing at Big Creek Lodge

The Activities

This is where wanderlust takes off. Full of transporting possibilities, set out on a big adventure right outside your door. And take a walk (or ride) on the wild side.
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The Area

Big Creek lies on the lip of a vast 2.4 million acres of untamed land called the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. By and large, it's pretty epic out here.

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Big Creek National Forest Service sign
Big Creek Lodge food

The Menu

It's not only a feast for the eyes up here. It's actually quite a feast. Focused on healthy, filling cuisine to fit backcountry tastes, our menu changes often depending on what's in season and inspiring us.
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The History

The original Big Creek Hotel attracted generations to this outdoor wonderland. Until a fire burned this piece of Idaho history to the ground. Many thought this unforgettable destination was lost to the past. Until we gave it a new future.

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Big Creek Lodge 1936

News & Happenings

It's been a banner season so far at Big Creek Lodge and our staff has been providing awesome food and a quality environment for guests. As a way of thanking them for their efforts we're giving them a 3 day break. We hope you understand so to that end, the BIG CREEK LODGE WILL BE CLOSED JULY 9, 10, 11 next weekJim Davies ... See MoreSee Less
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SNOW STORM!!! I'm feeling my minority status when it comes to loving snow! Sure, I don't like driving in it, or the way a winter storm rearranges your dance card. But I will always go back to that feeling when I was a kid...snow days, sledding, skating, river walking, snow mobiling....The snow draped on the evergreens is an unmatched beauty. Even the cold wind....listening to it from the comfort of a warm blanket, a warm fire, with a hot mug in your hand- downright romantic! It's a gift of Mother Nature's. Take the day off. Shelter in place while I lay down a layer of white, blow it all around and work magic in the eco- system. Feel free to play in it, dig in it, move it around and then tomorrow you can resume your regularly scheduled life activities.As i watch the snow accumulate here in Wisconsin, I found some writings from the early Big Creek settlers this morning, and it never ceases to amaze me, their hardiness. A winter in Big Creek is on my bucket list! I'm also pondering the upcoming season, the old friends, the new faces, a few new menu items and since I'm staying in today, a few new songs to work on. So much to look forward to! And a quick Happy Birthday shout-out to Jim Davies, (president of the IAF)... A debt of gratBig Creek Lodge Idahowho love Big Creek Lodge Idaho ...💝 ... See MoreSee Less
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